Many of us try to add a little bit of sustainability to our lifestyle, whether it’s shopping for locally grown veggies, using energy efficient light bulbs, or choosing to walk to the shops, not drive. We chatted to passionate organic grocer Grahame Murray, from The Organic Market Cafe in Adelaide’s Stirling, about his love of sustainable living.
The first of its kind
The Organic Market Cafe was one of the first organic stores in South Australia, and one of the first offering produce and dried foods in jars for people to shop from. Grahame has owned the business since 1988 and says sustainability is very much part of a personal philosophy.
“We’ve always encouraged people to bring their own containers and we provided cardboard boxes people can reuse,” he says. “Back in the late 80s this was something very new; and it’s had, and still has, a flow on effect to our customers. People see the reusing of packaging and continue the practice outside of the store into their homes.”
“We’ve always encouraged people to bring their own containers in and provided cardboard boxes people can reuse, and it has a flow on effect, people continue the practice outside of the store, into their homes.”
Bringing electric car charge points to Stirling
Over the years Grahame has added new sustainable technologies to the business, where possible, in order to continue sharing his ethos around ‘every little bit helps’. In 2015, he installed two EV (electric vehicle) charge points at the front of the cafe and store to help raise awareness of electric vehicles as a sustainable option and to offer people with EVs a place to recharge, while grabbing a coffee and a bite to eat.
“We’ve got two charge points, one 15 amp and one 32 amp, and for me it was just the next step. It adds to the basic philosophy of what we work with. The charge points have caused a lot of interest and become quite a talking point. There’s a real interest out there from people who are keen to find out more about electric vehicles,” says Grahame.
“With a lot of new technology, I think a lot of people are sitting on the sidelines waiting. Prices of EVs are going to come down and I think people will soon be saying, WOW – let’s go! Having the EV chargers there just helps keep the awareness going in the community. It’s creating interest, and for me that’s what it’s about.”
“Having the chargers their just helps keep the awareness of sustainable living going in the community. It’s creating interest, and for me that’s what it’s about.”
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